During his presidential address on July 3, 2020, at Mt. Rushmore, President Trump said, “We will expose this dangerous movement protect our nation’s children in this radical assault and preserve our beloved American way of life in our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate board rooms.”
Have we been paying attention to the assault going on in our schools? The assault on the minds and values of our nation is equally as bad in our schools as in our newsrooms and corporate boardrooms.
What’s going on in our schools that would make President Trump highlight them in his Independence Day celebration speech? Here are three ways America’s schools are under assault:
Earlier this year, Harvard professor Elizabeth Bartholet challenged parental rights when she called for a presumptive ban on homeschooling. She claimed homeschooling is a threat to children and society. “The issue,” she said, “is do we think that parents should have 24/7, essentially authoritarian control over their children from ages zero to 18? I think that’s dangerous.”
Bartholet’s claims shouldn’t be dismissed completely. We must not toss the baby with the bathwater, so to speak. However, she made some comments that point to the assault on our minds and values which I believe must be openly addressed.
Make no mistake. Bartholet is taking aim at parents’ right to infuse their religious beliefs with children’s education. Bartholet’s call for a ban on homeschooling must be understood in the context of her understanding, “it is the religious ideologues who dominate the homeschooling movement.” She then added, “And they dominate overwhelmingly.”
One of Bartholet’s contentions is with the HSLDA, which she identifies as “a Christian non-profit organization.” Her contention seems to start with the mission of HSLDA, which she cites: “. . . preserve and advance the fundamental, God-given, constitutional right of parents and others legally responsible for their children to direct their education.” She continues by acknowledging the homeschool movement “relies on both natural law and constitutional theory.”
Do you know what else relies on both natural law and constitutional theory? Our justice system, our Constitution, and our equal, unalienable rights as children of God. Suddenly, Trump’s comments about exposing the dangerous assault on our nation’s children and our beloved American way of life seems justified on a whole new level.
Bartholet listed one other contention that caught my attention: her accusation many homeschoolers question science. Why am I alarmed? Because pseudo-science is emerging as a political ploy to justify morality. I say pseudo-science because some of what fashionably passes for science is so heavily biased against Creationism it rejects any scientific inquiry or evidence that infers a Creator.
A Creator-less scientific curriculum is particularly dangerous because it has the potential to reverse God’s moral order in the hearts and minds of people. Whereas God says, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and use it,” the new pseudo-science in today’s schools teaches students the world is overpopulated and resources are vastly overused. This view has now reached alarmist levels- many students believe we’ve already entered a period of “global overshoot,” and we must now drastically cut back on our production and consumption habits.
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A Creator-less scientific curriculum also abolishes the idea of moral absolutes. If there is no Creator to determine absolute moral rights and wrongs, then there is no basis whatsoever to claim anything is just right or just wrong. Justice becomes meaningless. In a scientifically-evolutionary world, even morality evolves. Who’s to say bestiality, pedophilia, rape, or even murder and cannibalism are wrong? Are these just evolved preferences as the logical progression of evolution theory suggests?
This brings us back to President Trump’s warning about the assault on the minds and values of our nation. It seems Bartholet’s proposed ban on homeschooling has one main purpose: to shape the values of the next generation. Bartholet explains some academics question whether regulation short of a ban could succeed in ensuring that children are exposed to a range of viewpoints and values, given that many parents choose homeschooling precisely to keep their children from exposure to alternative views.”
Education 2030 is in Full Force
I think if America doesn’t take back its education, we’re doomed to adopt anti-biblical international educational standards. Treaties, conventions, agreements, and protocols are already happening around the world which serve as political and moral forces for change in our schools.
In 2015, two forces emerged which propelled our schools into the dangerous realm we now realize. One of these is the creation of UNESCO’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI). GEFI has three priorities: 1. every child goes to school; 2. every child gets a quality education, and 3. foster global citizenship.
The purpose of global citizenship education isn’t to teach students to read, write, do arithmetic, and get a job. Rather, GEFI envisions a radical transformation of values on a global scale. “Education must be transformative, and bring shared values to life.” “Education . . . requires transforming the way people think and act . . . it must give people the understanding, skills and values they need . . .”
It should be pretty obvious many of our schools aren’t teaching American values.
The second major force to emerge in 2015 is called Education 2030. Education 2030 is a plan of action developed by UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, INFPA, UNDP, UN Women, and UNHCR that arose from a meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea, in 2015. This group formed The World Education Forum and included over 1,600 participants from 160 countries. Their goal: to set out a new vision for world education for the next fifteen years.
The vision of Education 2030 is to fully ensure the realization of the UN’s Sustainable Development goal 4 (SDG4). This is a humanistic vision that sees education as “crucial in promoting democracy and human rights and enhancing global citizenship, tolerance and civic engagement (activism), as well as sustainable development.”
I think many people fail to realize humanism is an expressly anti-Christian way of thinking. Think of it this way: humanism is the original sin. What I mean is humanism is the philosophy that man can replace God and determine for himself that which is Good and Evil.
In a humanistic vision of education, social change is more important than truth. We all know what happens when we speak against the radical, progressive social change wrecking havoc in our country, including our schools. Again, President Trump was right: “If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras and follow its commandment you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted and punished.”
Ultimately, Education 2030 aims to ensure by 2030 “all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality . . . global citizenship . . . and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”
“Sustainable development” is a reference to a UN treaty signed in 2015 to create a global government. The treaty is formally called, “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Some people call it Agenda 2030. Others know it as the New World Order. Regardless, sustainable development is a threat to national sovereignty.
One of the keystones of sustainable development is the idea our rights come from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Rather than our rights being derived from our Creator and understood in the context of Natural Law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights assumes all rights must be in harmony with UN values.
Article 29, section 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “these rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.”
Why would a sovereign nation sign a global compact which requires it to surrender its sovereignty to the purposes and principles of the United Nations?
President Trump was right. We must protect our children. There is a radical assault on our values and our American way of life happening in our schools. We can not allow the UN to use our schools to further its 2030 Agenda and we must protect parental rights to homeschool.